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By Kenneth P. Green

ISBN-10: 0844772054

ISBN-13: 9780844772059

People depend upon strength. From burning wooden to harnessing the atom, we've got depended on the intake of average assets. As civilization grows and the call for for strength raises, we needs to ask ourselves how toe most sensible meet our strength wishes whereas responsibly stewarding our resources.

In ample power: The gas of Human Flourishing, Kenneth P. eco-friendly presents a short background of our reliance on various assets of strength, explores the viability of either present and power destiny assets, and provides a imaginative and prescient for the duty of fueling human prosperity within the twenty-first century.

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From now on, every new addition to our demand for energy will be met from our own production and our own conservation. The generation-long growth in our dependence on foreign oil will be stopped dead in its tracks right now and then reversed as we move through the 1980’s, for I am tonight setting the further goal of cutting our dependence on foreign oil by one-half by the end of the next decade—a saving of over 4 1/2 million barrels of imported oil per day. —Jimmy Carter31 Politicians are fond of promising rapid energy transitions.

Now, let’s get into some of the details! 1 HOMO SAPIENS OR HOMO IGNIFERENS? [Fire] provides us warmth on cold nights; it is the means by which they prepare their food, for they eat nothing raw save a few fruits…. The Andamanese believe it is the possession of fire that makes human beings what they are, and distinguishes them from animals. —A. R. Radcliffe4 When it comes to energy, most discussions focus on the specifics: should we use less oil? Should we use less coal? More nuclear? Wind power?

The small fires that early humans would likely have used would not leave much for others to find even a few years later, much less a few million. So, the further back into the past that scientists try to look, the less likely they are to find permanently occupied areas where humans might have repeatedly built fires. Despite these limitations, archaeologists and anthropologists have discovered evidence suggesting that ancient humans were fully in control of fire, from its lighting, to its maintenance, to its use, at least one and a half million years ago.

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